Director, Research & Content Development: Please Touch Museum

Posted June 21st, 2018 at 4:48 pm.

How would you like to work for a nonprofit organization that strongly believes in education? Now is your chance to represent a nonprofit organization that changes a child’s life as they discover the power of learning through play.  Please Touch Museum (the Children’s Museum of Philadelphia) a non-profit organization with an $8 million operating budget, seeks an experienced, energetic, and dynamic Director of Research and Content Development (Director) who will be responsible for PTM’s research agenda in all aspects of the Museum experience, (exhibit, education and visitor related). The Director is responsible for management of all federal grants from determining opportunities for federal funding through submission of the grant and compliance with all collateral grant management and reporting.  The Director is the primary interface with external partners to advance research opportunities. The Director will also have a lead role in Museum accreditation.

Other responsibilities include but are not limited to: Content Development: Manage and execute integrated research on early childhood learning and tenants of “play as learning” studies to develop interpretive visitor focused approaches for both children and adults; developing and managing the creation of multigenerational approach to collaborative inquiry-based learning environments; lead the conceptualization and development of content and activities for exhibits, exhibit-related programs and media learning experiences, and proposals for project funding; responsible for the communication of research, testing, progress and results, serving in roles including planning, development, relationship management, project management, project facilitation, project implementation, interpretation, delivery, and project assessment and reporting. Research Development: define and facilitate involvement of community and research advisors; assess educational and experiential value of existing and developing exhibits and programs; frame, coordinate, and regularly share research and evaluation findings; support the development of Human Research Protection Procedures including informed consent position statement, Institutional Review Board (IRB) requirements, and Visitor Studies Review Team; represent PTM’s Engagement Research and Advancement activities, displaying leadership skills; Government Grant and Accreditation Development; manage government, foundation grants including proposal writing; research opportunities; projection timelines; complete funders reporting requirements and internal reports.; support planning, procurement, implementation, documentation, and timely reporting of grants; and will lead the efforts of re-accreditation process.

Requirements: Minimum 5 years’ experience working in a Museum or similar environment or related field; Bachelor’s degree required in science, history, design, education or related discipline; Master’s degree in Museum Studies, social science, or related field strongly preferred; excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills; demonstrated experience in facilitation, project management (budgeting and scheduling) as well as working successfully in a team environment; demonstrated experience in the development and managing of project and grant budgeting; experience in government and foundation grant writing and reporting required; must demonstrate excellent analytical skills; proven ability to assess research and define the implementation of the research findings; excellent interpersonal skills to work with diverse communities and able to utilize community assistance with research projects; and efficiently to produce consistent, high-quality results over long-term project; proficiency using multiple operating systems (Windows) and basic software.

Education Level:
Bachelor degree
To Apply

Please Touch Museum offers an excellent work environment with, a comprehensive benefit package, and competitive salary.  To apply for this opportunity, please mail your cover letter including your accomplishments, resume and salary requirements to:  Human Resources, Please Touch Museum, 4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia, PA 19131; fax to: (215)-581-3182; Email: Office phone:  215-581-3189  EOE

Filed under: Management Level by Margie DuBrow

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